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Colombo -

A Chinese national who swallowed a diamond at an international exhibition in Sri Lanka on Wednesday was arrested after the owner detected the theft, a police officer said.

The suspect was inspecting the diamond valued at $14 000 at a stall and suddenly swallowed it, the officer said.

The vendor detained the man and handed him over to police, who took him to a hospital to be given laxatives to recover the diamond. - Sapa-dpa